Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on Broadway’s Great White Way this week:
Broadway News and Notes:
Broadway Cast of Hamilton Hosts Voter Registration
- Members of the current Broadway company of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda musical Hamilton conducted New York State voter registration August 4 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. New York State and local primaries will be held September 13 with the deadline to register August 19. Members of the cast who participated in the registration were trained by voter registration volunteers from the Hispanic Federation, an organization providing community services to the Hispanic community in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller stated, “Voting honors our democracy; honors our founding fathers; and honors the spirit of our show. We want to do our part to help all citizens participate in an election that will deeply affect the direction of our country.” More details here.
New Grammy Award Guidelines Announced for Musical Theatre Recordings
- The Grammy Awards has updated their guidelines for Best Musical Theater Album to increase the number of nominees. The Best Musical Theater Album Grammy honors excellence in the production of musical theater recordings, as well as the performances. The new guidelines state that all recordings of scores of musical theater works created to support an underlying dramatic intention or theme can now be considered. In the past, only Broadway cast albums were eligible for consideration, but submissions may now also include recordings of Off-Broadway, regional works, studio cast recordings, concept albums, “live,” “in concert” television performances, and revivals. As with all Grammy categories, if 40 or more eligible albums are submitted, five albums are nominated. More details here.
The Public to Bring Free Theatre to the Midwest
- The Public Theater will bring Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play Sweat to 18 midwest cities as part of a new initiative called Mobile Unit National. The program is an expansion of the Public’s long-running Mobile Unit, which tours New York City’s five boroughs biannually, bringing free theatre to a number of different communities. Sweat will play a free, four-week tour across Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Wisconsin beginning September 27. Kate Whoriskey, who helmed the play both on and Off-Broadway, will return to direct the touring production. Sweat is about a group of friends who have spent their lives working together on the factory floor. When rumors of layoffs begin to stir, rifts form, chipping away at their trust and pitting them against each other. The play opened on Broadway in March 2017 following an acclaimed and sold-out Off-Broadway engagement at the Public Theater. More details here.
Rosemary Harris to Join Broadway’s My Fair Lady
- Lincoln Center Theater has announced that Tony Award winner Rosemary Harris will return to Broadway in the role of Mrs. Higgins in its award-winning production of Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady, beginning September 11 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. She will replace original star Diana Rigg, who will play her final performance September 9. Harris’ Broadway credits include nine Tony-nominated performances in The Royal Family, Waiting in the Wings, A Delicate Balance, Hay Fever, Pack of Lies, Heartbreak House, Old Times and The Lion in Winter, for which she won the 1966 award for Best Lead Actress in a Play. Her films include playing Aunt May in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy and Notorious Woman, for which she won an Emmy Award and her Golden Globe-winning performance in Holocaust. More details here.
Broadway Musicians Raise Funds for Alzheimer’s Patients
- The seventh annual Broadway Alzheimer’s iPod Drive, inspired by the Sundance-winning documentary about the non-profit organization Music & Memory that advocates for the use of personalized music to improve the lives of those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, returns through August 19. Broadway performers and pit musicians are working with Alzheimer’s organization CaringKind NYC to spread the word about the Music & Memory program and to raise awareness on how to contribute. In addition to donating iPods, individuals can donate money directly to Music & Memory by clicking here. For donations, write “Broadway Alzheimer’s iPod Drive” in the “in honor of” section of the donation. More details here.